Manchester City have perhaps their quickest turnaround in history. After playing on Saturday evening against Liverpool, City are right back at it Monday afternoon against Burnley. Despite the fast turnaround City are hurting and could truly use a pick-me up victory against the Clarets.
Against Burnley I believe City will go with the 4-3-3 lineup we saw in the second half against Liverpool. Pep Guardiola would love to use Leroy Sané in this one, but it looks like the German winger still has a knock keeping him out. Meanwhile Nolito didn’t make the bench against Liverpool but could be in line for a recall in this one.
Below are the eleven players I believe Pep will start with against Burnley.
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo
Bravo will be City’s number one keeper until Pep dips into the transfer market. There’s no doubt Bravo has been disappointing this season, but hopefully he can really find his form going forward.
Defense: Bacary Sagna, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Gaël Clichy
Fullback is a major issue for City at the moment. Clichy and Sagna aren’t the answers going forward, but they might be the answers for right now. Stones and Otamendi can be good together and right now they have no choice but to be. There is no doubt City could use a bolster across the board in defense, but for right now these four might be the best City can offer against Burnley.
Midfield: Fernando, Fernandinho, David Silva
In the middle of the park, Yaya Touré deserves a rest and will probably be better off for it. Silva can still pull the strings further forward to help City score, and having the Brazilians behind him will be beneficial going forward. Fernando can shield the back four while Fernandinho will look to help spring the attack. Dinho must be better at driving forward than he was against Liverpool.
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne
At first I believed De Bruyne and others might have deserved a rest in this game, but considering the disappointment against Liverpool, expect the big guns in this game. Sterling on the right, De Bruyne on the left, and Agüero through the middle. This was the front three that looked more lively in the second half against Liverpool even though nothing came of it.